Could Valve be beta-testing their console, Steam Box, next year?
Some exciting news in the world of console gaming is that Valve are working on bringing Steam games into the living room. This is thought to be via a new console currently being called the Steam Box.
Steam is the pioneering game platform that distributes and manages thousands of games directly to a community of more than 50 million players around the world.
While there is nothing official just yet, the thought of a console powered by Steam with all of those games available on it is very exciting.
Valve employee Jeri Ellsworth recently spoke about the prototypes they are creating at Valve’s new prototyping facility, but does not give away what exactly they are working on.
The team’s one year goal is “To make Steam games more fun to play in your living room.” That’s the team’s one-year goal, at least. According to endgadget “The challenge is making games that require a mouse and keyboard palatable to people who are used to a controller, or to people who just don’t want to migrate PC controls to the comfort of their living room. Working in tandem with Steam’s newly beta’d “Big Picture Mode,” Ellsworth’s team is creating a hardware solution to the control barriers found in many Steam games. She wouldn’t give any hints as to what that solution is exactly, but she left no options off the table — from Phantom Lapboard-esque solutions to hybrid controllers.”
The Hardware team are planning beta-testing with one of the first products ready for next year with those being tied to Steam in some way.
They are currently doing internal testing at Valve so that means there could be some very cool and interesting products heading our way.